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Dwf Press Kit

Dwf Press Kit

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"a starting point for the new dialogueon race and religion that is essentialfor America's future."
Diana L. Eck, Harvard University Professor of Religion andDirector of The Pluralism Project
DIVIDED WE FALL
 AMERICANS IN THE AFTERMATH
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, a college studenttraveled across America and discovered stories of racism, violence, and the power of forgiveness. Her ourney became
Divided We Fall 
.On a two-year international tour, the film inspireddeep, courageous dialogue about who we are andwho we want to be.It captures the imagination of a people hungry for renewal and healing - now more than ever."a film that is bringing viciousintolerance aimed at innocentpeople out in the open."
CNN, Paula Zahn NOW
"moving, terrifying,astonishing, buthopeful as itinspires us tobecome who webelieve we are."
Lawrence Lessig, leadinglegal scholar and bestsellingauthor of 
The Future of Ideas
"a tour de force: shocking and disturbingyet at the same time deeply moving andultimately inspiring."
Amy Chua, the New York Times bestselling author of 
World onFire
and
Day of Empire
"an illuminating meditation upon what it hasmeant to be 'one of us' in the days since 9/11."
Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School
"stunning... could nothave arrived at a moresignificant time in our nation's history."
Philip Zimbardo, Stanford UniversityProfessor Emeritus of Psychology
Contact: Tracy J. Wells, Communications Director, tracy@dwf-film.com, 404.229.0997
 
FACT SHEET
Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
An award-winning film by Sharat Raju & Valarie Kaur
2008 | 90 min | Color | U.S.A.
Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
from New Moon Productions is the first feature-lengthdocumentary film about hate violence in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. The film weaves together apersonal journey and cross-country road trip with an authoritative examination of race, religion, andAmerican identity in the ongoing aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.
 
Synopsis
. Valarie Kaur was a 20-year-old college student when she set out across America inthe aftermath of 9/11, camera in hand, to document hate violence against her community.
 
From the still-shocked streets of Ground Zero to the desert towns of the American West, herepic journey confronts the forces unleashed in a time of national crisis – racism and religion,fear and forgiveness – until she finds the heart of America… halfway around the world.
 
 
Production.
Stanford undergrad Valarie Kaur began production one week after Sept. 11, 2001when she left school to document hate violence against Sikhs, Muslims, and Arabs with her 18-year-old cousin Amandeep S. Gill as cameraman. She continued to capture unreported storiesas a student until she joined writer-director Sharat Raju and his team in 2004. With grassrootsdonations, the team retraced Kaur’s steps in 2005, revisiting her original interviewees andspeaking with scholars and lawyers about the larger historical and political context. Forcomplete production history:http://dwf-film.com/about/production.html
 
Tour
.
Divided We Fall
premiered in Phoenix, Arizona in Sept. 2006 on the five-year memorialof the hate murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi. On a two-year international tour, the filmmakershave been invited to
150 screenings
in
90 cities
across the United States, Canada, the UnitedKingdom, and India. For a list of screenings:http://dwf-film.com/tour/pastscreenings.html
 
Campaign
. The success of the tour inspired the
Divided We Fall Campaign
– film screeningsand community dialogues in
50 cities
in the U.S. during the Sept. 11
th
anniversary in 2008. Fora list of upcoming screenings:http://dwf-film.com/tour
 
 
Media
. Filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju have been featured in national mediaoutlets, including CNN, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, the BBC, and the Religion NewsService. For more:http://dwf-film.com/news/video.html
 
Filming Locations.
Filmed on location in California (Clovis, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego,Mojave Desert, San Jose, San Francisco; Oakland/Berkeley, Sacramento, Yuba City, Palo Alto);Arizona (Phoenix, Mesa); New York (New York City); Connecticut (New Haven); Washington,D.C.; and India (New Delhi, Punjab).
 
Technical Details.
o
 
Total Running Time:
1:32:00
o
 
Sound
: Stereo, LT/RT.
o
 
Shooting Formats
: Still Photography, Hi-8 Video, Mini-DV Video, DV Cam Video,Super 8mm Film, Super 16mm Film, High Definition Video. (Note: includes archivalfilm footage and television news footage.)
o
 
Aspect Ratio:
1:1.85.
o
 
Showcase Formats:
Digital Betacam; DVCam; DVD.
o
 
Film stock
: Kodak Vision 2, Super 16mm and 8mm gauges.
o
 
Edited on:
Avid Media Composer Adrenaline.
o
 
Website:
www.dwf-film.com
 
Facts.
o
 
Valarie Kaur began the journey to make
Divided We Fall
on
Sept. 15, 2001
in response tothe murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a turbaned Sikh American her family knew.
o
 
Balbir Singh Sodhi was the first of at least
19 people
murdered in post-9/11 hate crime.
o
 
More than
130 hours
of footage was shot over five years for DWF.
o
 
Valarie interviewed approximately
100 people
during the production.
o
 
Nearly the entire crew worked without pay.
o
 
Much of the crew was in their
twenties
when making the film.
o
 
Funding for the initial stages of production was raised entirely through
grassrootsdonations
. Panavision Camera’s New Filmmakers’ Grant provided a free film camerapackage to the production. Eastman Kodak donated nearly half of the film stock.
o
 
On tour since Sept. 2006, the filmmakers have led
two-day dialogue programs
aroundthe film at universities, colleges, schools, and communities around the world.
o
 
New Moon Productions is named after Valarie’s grandfather’s village in Punjab, India.
o
 
The film will be released on DVD with educational curriculum starting in
October 2008
.

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